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In this May 1, 2020, file photo, a sign sits in front of the Tyson Foods plant in Waterloo, Iowa. A group of worker advocacy organizations has filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture alleging that meat processing companies Tyson and JBS have engaged in workplace racial discrimination during the coronavirus pandemic. The complaint alleges the companies adopted polices that reject U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance on distancing and protective gear on meat processing lines. The complaint says the operating procedures have a discriminatory impact on mostly Black, Latino, and Asian workers. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, file)

Worker advocates file meat plants discrimination complaint

Jul. 9, 2020 8:46 PM EDT

Several worker advocacy organizations have filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture alleging that meat processing companies Tyson and JBS have engaged in racial discrimination during the coronavirus pandemic. The complaint filed Wednesday alleges the companies adopted polices that...

Dr. Clay Hays, president of the Mississippi State Medical Association, sits before a chart showing the state's spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations during a news conference in the School of Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center campus, Thursday, July 9, 2020 in Jackson, Miss. Hays was joined by other state health care leaders in discussing their concerns and recommendations to curb the community spread virus. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

The Latest: ICU beds filling up in Mississippi's virus surge

Jul. 9, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. — Officials in Mississippi say the state’s five largest hospitals had no intensive care unit beds available for patients by midweek because of a surge in coronavirus cases. Four more hospitals had 5% or less of ICU beds open. Mississippi has one of the fastest-growing rates of new...

Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Robert Redfield, speaks during a White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing at the Department of Education building Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

CDC head sticking to school-opening guides Trump criticized

Jul. 9, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal health officials won't revise their coronavirus guidelines for reopening schools despite criticism from President Donald Trump, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. What they will do, he said, is provide additional information to help states,...

Nick Watney, Dylan Fritelli, of South Africa, and Denny McCarthy play during opening round of the Workday Charity Open golf tournament, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Still testing positive, Frittelli among 3 back to work

Jul. 9, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Dylan Frittelli says it was hard not to feel like an outcast Thursday at the Workday Charity Open in a group of three players who tested positive for the coronavirus and keep doing so. But at least he was playing. “It was fun to get out there,” Frittelli said after his...

A worker walks past a freshly-dug graves at the Honingnestkrans Cemetery, North of Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday, July 9, 2020. The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the coronavirus pandemic on the continent is reaching

COVID-19 pandemic in Africa is now reaching 'full speed'

Jul. 9, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic in Africa is reaching “full speed,” the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chief said Thursday, while a South African official said a single province is preparing 1.5 million graves. Just a day after confirmed coronavirus cases across...

Commuters wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk through a subway station in Beijing, Thursday, July 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China easing into reopening as local cases wane

Jul. 8, 2020 11:25 PM EDT

BEIJING — China says it has nine new confirmed coronavirus cases, all of them brought from outside the country, and no new deaths. Thursday’s report buttresses growing signs the virus has been essentially contained inside the nation in which it first appeared late last year. The near elimination...

President Donald Trump listens as Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump to US schools: Reopen or you may lose federal funds

Jul. 8, 2020 8:42 PM EDT

Determined to reopen America's schools despite coronavirus worries, President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to hold back federal money if school districts don't bring their students back in the fall. He complained that his own public health officials' safety guidelines are impractical and too expensive....

FILE - In this May 20, 2020 file photo, residents held thank you signs to greet employees of a Smithfield pork processing plant as they returned to their shifts after the plant had been closed because of a coronavirus outbreak in Sioux Falls, S.D. A new report studying the impact of the coronavirus on workers at meat processing plants has found that 87% of people infected were racial or ethnic minorities and that at least 86 workers have died. The report released Tuesday, July 8, 2020, by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention examined more than 16,000 COVID-19 cases at 239 plants in 21 states. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves File)

CDC: Minorities affected much more in meatpacking outbreaks

Jul. 8, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

A new report studying the impact of the coronavirus on workers at meat processing plants has found that 87% of people infected were racial or ethnic minorities and that at least 86 workers have died. The report released Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention examined more than 16,000...

Maine steps up mask rules, extends state of emergency

Jul. 8, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor announced Wednesday the state is requiring many businesses to enforce mask rules, and extending its state of civil emergency order until at least August. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills issued an executive order requiring large retail stores, restaurants, lodging...

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Trump pushes state, local leaders to reopen schools in fall

Jul. 7, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

President Donald Trump on Tuesday launched an all-out effort pressing state and local officials to reopen schools this fall, arguing that some are keeping schools closed not because of the risks from the coronavirus pandemic but for political reasons. “They think it’s going to be good for them...